16 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

16 days in Egypt & Turkey Itinerary

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Start: New York City, United States
+2
Subway + Train + Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Giza, Egypt
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Gallipoli, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Bodrum City, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  16 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States


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1
night
Giza, Egypt

Giza ©
Situated on the Nile riverfront, the city of Giza remains best known for its pyramid complex.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Great Sphinx and then delve into the distant past at Pyramids of Giza.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Giza online trip builder.

New York City, USA to Giza is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of subway, train, and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from New York City to Giza, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Giza reach 93°F and lows reach 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Giza

Historic Sites
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Pyramids of Giza ©
Pyramids of Giza
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids ©
Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
Great Sphinx ©
Great Sphinx

4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Visit Hagia Sophia Museum and Basilica Cistern for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ortakoy, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Turbesi, enjoy the sand and surf at Kisirkaya Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

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Traveling by flight from Giza to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Giza to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Giza in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
Gallipoli, Turkey

Gallipoli ©
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fransiz Mezarligi, then kick back and relax at Bolayir Plaji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bolayir Gazi Suleymanpasa Camii.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Gallipoli road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Gallipoli takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Gallipoli: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove

2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 13th (Sun), look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamucak Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk route builder tool.

You can drive from Gallipoli to Selcuk in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Gallipoli in September, you will find days in Selcuk are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Public Latrine ©
Public Latrine

3
nights
Bodrum City, Turkey

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Relax by the water at Akvaryum PlajI and Yaliciftlik Sahili. Change things up with a short trip to Akvaryum Koyu in Datca (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mor Plaj, stroll through Torba Plaji, and have a few drinks at Tuna Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Bodrum City online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Selcuk to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Selcuk in September since evenings lows in Bodrum City dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Mor Plaj, Yaliciftlik Sahili, Akvaryum Koyu, Torba Plaji, Gun Batimi Plaji
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Gun Batimi Plaji ©
Gun Batimi Plaji

1
night
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 18th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bodrum City to Pamukkale by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 19th (Sat), Head underground at Uchisar Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gore Harabeleri, then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and finally soar above the sights with Royal Balloon. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Guray Museum and then explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Goreme, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Uchisar, Gore Harabeleri, Guray Museum
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri
Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum

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